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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proneadjective

    having a tendency (to); often used in combination

    "a child prone to mischief"; "failure-prone"

  2. prone, prostrateadjective

    lying face downward


  1. proneadjective

    Lying face downward; prostrate.

  2. proneadjective

    Having a downward inclination or slope.

  3. proneadjective

    Shooting from a lying down position.

  4. Etymology: From pronus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRONEadjective

    Etymology: pronus, Latin.

    There wanted yet a creature not prone,
    And brute as other creatures, but indu’d
    With sanctity of reason, might erect
    His stature, and upright with front serene
    Govern the rest. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Upon these three positions in man, wherein the spine can only be at right lines with the thigh, arise those postures, prone, supine and erect. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Down thither prone in flight
    He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky
    Sails between worlds. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Since the floods demand,
    For their descent, a prone and sinking land:
    Does not this due declivity declare
    A wise director’s providential care? Richard Blackmore.

    The labour of doing good, with the pleasure arising from the contrary, doth make men for the most part slower to the one and proner to the other, than that duty, prescribed them by law, can prevail sufficiently with them. Richard Hooker.

    Those who are ready to confess him in judgment and profession, are very prone to deny him shamefully in their doings. Robert South, Sermons.

    If we are prone to sedition, and delight in change, there is no cure more proper than trade, which supplies business to the active, and wealth to the indigent. Addison.

    Still prone to change, though still the slaves of state. Alexander Pope.


  1. prone

    Prone position () is a body position in which the person lies flat with the chest down and the back up. In anatomical terms of location, the dorsal side is up, and the ventral side is down. The supine position is the 180° contrast.


  1. prone

    Prone generally refers to a position or state of lying flat or facing downwards. It can also mean being likely or susceptible to experience or suffer from something. The term can also refer to a natural inclination or tendency towards a particular condition or behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proneadjective

    bending forward; inclined; not erect

  2. Proneadjective

    prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine

  3. Proneadjective

    headlong; running downward or headlong

  4. Proneadjective

    sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level

  5. Proneadjective

    inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to

  6. Etymology: [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prone

    prōn, adj. with the face downward: bending forward: headlong: disposed: inclined or sloping.—adv. Prone′ly.—n. Prone′ness. [O. Fr.,—L. pronus; cog. with Gr. prēnēs, prone.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. pronenoun

    Exessively large breast on a woman; Large man breasts, created and often used by Phil P. Also said as Tig Ol' Bitties. And we'd all like to see your Tig' Ol Bitties... -- Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins (Get Low) reverse the letters "T" and "B" in "Tig Ol' Bitties" to see where the term comes from...

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prone in a Sentence

  1. Janez Lenarcic:

    The areas that are prone to forest fires are no longer only in the southern part of Europe, but also in central Europe and even in the northern part of Europe.

  2. Oliver Rosenbauer:

    This is an epidemic-prone disease, this is a virus that's very good at finding susceptible children.

  3. David Finkelhor:

    Law enforcement is increasingly feminized, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: 'Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky,' they recognize the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes.

  4. Lawyer Thomas Vinje:

    But instead of being prone to being demoted, Google's comparison-shopping service is systematically promoted to the most visible spots in Google's search results.

  5. Harris Stratyner:

    You are literally displaying a behavior and then younger people who are more prone to being influenced by things see it and there's a sense of entitlement by some people with money, not all people, and there's also a sense that you're not being corrected if you're getting away with things, it's what we call acquired narcissism. Some people, young kids, learn to be narcissistic.

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  • عرArabic
  • propens, procliu, predisposatCatalan, Valencian
  • anfällig, in Bauchlage, schräg, geneigtGerman
  • πρηνήςGreek
  • postrado, de bruces, decúbito pronoSpanish
  • دمرPersian
  • altistettu, kallistunut, vatsallaan, kasvoillaan, vino, rähmällään, viettävä, altistunut, kallistettu, kallellaan, taipuvainen, makuultaFinnish
  • enclin, couché sur le ventre, prédisposéFrench
  • cenderung, rentanIndonesian
  • prone, legge seg flatNorwegian
  • prono, inclinadoPortuguese
  • лежащий ничком, предрасположенный, склонный, лицом вниз, лёжа, наклонныйRussian
  • پریشانUrdu

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